Water is at once the source for all life and the necessary element to sustain it: the ultimate symbiotic relationship.
Power is the dynamic continually defining and re-defining this relationship.
Water is a fascinating, interdisciplinary and timely topic that touches everyone and everything on the planet. It engages our thinking from an array of disciplines, including: the arts and humanities, the sciences, and social sciences.
This academic year, Occidental College is undertaking an exciting and new campus-wide initiative that is organized around this critical resource, value and symbol. The theme of water and power in Los Angeles, and the world, will be infused throughout our curriculum; setting the stage for an integrated series of activities and events and prompting meaningful conversations for how we think about and address these great challenges of water and power.
This year is remarkable with respect to water, both locally and globally. Here, in Southern California, we reflect on the 100-year anniversary of the Los Angeles Aqueduct, which has supplied Los Angeles with water from the Owens Valley located hundreds of miles away. Without the Aqueduct, it is hard to imagine that Los Angeles would still be what it is today.
Globally, we join the efforts of the United Nations International Year of Water Cooperation that is intended to raise awareness on lacking water access for hundreds of millions of people around the world and to design collaborative solutions for more effective and sustainable management of water resources. Water and sanitation are also central to the United Nation’s Post 2015 Millennium Development Goals.
Our goal is to contribute to the intellectual exchange surrounding this critical topic on campus, in the greater Los Angeles area, across the country and around the world. Please join us in the conversation on Twitter at #H2Oxy.
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